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How Can a Diabetes Diet Help Me?

The medical world today is filled with diabetes news. Diabetes is a medical condition characterized by an individual having high blood pressure because the body is unable to produce enough insulin or because the body responds improperly to the insulin that is being produced. Diabetes is very common among individuals who have an unhealthy body weight and those that are obese, but not all individuals who have diabetes have these problems. Though there is no “cure” for diabetes, it has been seen that making changes to diet and lifestyle, including switching to a diabetes diet, can help diabetic individuals to control their blood sugar levels without having to rely on medication.

While there is no set “diabetes diet,” there are certain foods diabetic individuals can eat and certain practices they can follow to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Along with regular exercise and frequent checks of your blood sugar level with glucose meters, a diabetes diet can help you feel better and be healthier. Each diabetes diet will differ according to the individual and there are many diabetic recipes to choose from.

For those taking medication for their diabetes, it may be best to stick to a schedule for meals and snacks, regularly using glucose meters to monitor blood sugar levels. The key to success when following a diabetes diet is to keep your blood sugar in target range by balancing sugars, starches, and proteins. Sugary foods hit the bloodstream immediately and starches, including carbohydrates, take an hour or two to break down. Proteins, on the other hand, may take up to four hours to be broken down. If you remain conscious of what you are putting into your body by sticking to a diabetes diet, you can control your diabetes and enjoy a healthy life.

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